I have an anti static wrist band but i'm not sure where i attach the crocodile clip to? Do i just put it anywhere metal inside my computer or should it go out side of it? And also, i take it you have to unplug everything before you attach it right? Thank you
Not daft at all, bonding yourself to the frame of the computer insures any residue static will be at the same potential. I will just add any static that has built up in your body should have been previously discharged by touching some earthed metalwork, like a radiator.
Switch off at the wall socket but leave the plug in, if you have a switch on the the tower you can turn that off as well.Then the earth wire, which should never be switched will still be grounding the computer. If you pull the power plug out there will be no path for the static to discharge to.
Devifish is correct there is no point in discharging the static if the Computer is not earthed, allowing it to drain away. Relying on a radiator to earth you these days is very risky, because too many hot water systems use non-metallic fittins, and despite rumours to the contary water is not a particurily good conductor of electricity. Also you should not if possible install your computer near a radiator, they don't like heat
Anyway, its not electricity at all and its a misnomer to call it that, its a polarisation of electrons which re-polarise when they meet their opposite force so it doesn't actually flow like true electricity.